Calum Handforth

Senior Insights Manager,

Calum manages a range of insights projects focusing on connectivity, having previously worked on GSMA’s Digital Identity programme.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Calum worked as a digital measurement consultant focusing on identifying the success of digital interventions. He has a background in international development, monitoring and evaluation, digital connectivity, strategy consulting, and policymaking – including at local, national, and global levels. This included working in a UK government Behaviour Change Team, where he ran one of the largest Randomised Controlled Trials undertaken by government; and leading on key aspects of telecoms policy.

Calum is also a Churchill Fellow, and travelled to a range of countries to explore international approaches to digital, data, and connectivity. Beyond this, Calum has significant experience of infrastructure delivery – including 3G, 4G, WiFi, and full-fibre infrastructure; as well as exploring potential use-cases for 5G and IoT. In partiular, his work on full-fibre has been cited as an example of best practice in the UK.

Calum has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, is completing an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is undertaking a part-time PhD in Behavioural Science from University College London.

Posts by Calum Handforth

Digital inclusion is not negotiable

Around the world, digital, data and technology are changing the way we live and work. The internet is a major aspect of this shift, and is shaping business, education and communication for billions of people. Mobile technology is playing a key role in delivering these ...

Mobile internet is a crucial component of digital societies

Mobile internet is changing lives and livelihoods around the world. It is a fundamental driver of our increasingly digital societies. Mobile internet provides the sole means of online access and engagement for millions of people globally, especially in low- and middle-income ...

Innovation is needed to connect the unconnected

Globally, 750 million people do not live within the footprint of mobile broadband. Without this coverage and connectivity, they’re unable to benefit from the potential that being online can afford. Although the mobile industry, and partners, have made huge progress in ...

How Africa is driving progress in global mobile internet connectivity

In 2018, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population was using the internet. For many mobile is the primary – or only – way to get online. Last year alone, almost 300 million further people connected to mobile internet. The extent and progress of mobile ...

Creating an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos

We explored the potential of an ‘economic ID’ for SMEs in Lagos.

Digital identity opportunities for women: Insights from Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Rwanda

Through discussions with more than 300 people across the three countries – including experts from the mobile industry, international development community, and private sector - we identified and explored a range of opportunity areas for mobile.

Digital identity opportunities in Malawi, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Zambia

Over one billion people around the world, including more than 230 million women and girls in the Commonwealth, lack official proof of identity. Recognising that mobile technology and mobile network operators (MNOs) are well-positioned to tackle this issue, we explored the ...

Digital identity insights from Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Rwanda

For the one billion people globally without any official identification, mobile technology has the potential to deliver identity solutions that enable them to live a better life. However, in order to achieve this we need to understand how individuals use (or don’t use) ...